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Sailing charter schedule

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Phantom Charters leaves at 10am from the port of Russell, arriving back at 4pm in the afternoon after sailing Bay of Islands. We are also happy to offer exclusive, tailor-made charters to suit your needs. During your trip,  we will take you to a personal favourite location, featuring an island stopover and snorkelling opportunities. We will stop in a sheltered cove for lunch, giving ample time for a lazy, enjoyable meal before travelling on. Sail with a small group – maximum 10 guests – for a more personal experience.

Catering on board

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We cater for any tastes and most dietary requirements, with both vegetarian and gluten-free options available on request. You will enjoy New Zealand cheeses and seasonal fruits, home-made bread, chutneys and sweets while on board with us, and you are more than welcome to bring your own beer or wine if you fancy!

Our lunches have become the stuff of legends around here: and there’s nothing like a day on the briny blue to whet your appetite (pardon the pun!).









A really great way to enjoy the Bay of Islands.
Sylvia, Peter, Janet & John
Fabulous day out sailing with a great stop at a beautiful little island. Lunch was to die for. Thanks so much Rick & Robin for accommodating the 4 of us and making a pretty memorable day in the Bay of Islands.
Ellie K
We had a perfect last day in NZ on the sailing boat with a small, quiet and relaxed group. It was like spending the afternoon with some good friends relaxing, swimming and eating some delicious lunch with interesting talks. Thanks, Robin and Rick!
Sabine, Johanna and Hildegard
On a glorious day we had a sail (6 hours) on Phantom. Rick and Robin are welcoming hosts, on their lovely schooner. The best way to explore the Bay of Islands.
Everything is good about sailing with Phantom, don’t hesitate to book, it was the highlight of our stay in the Bay of Islands.
The Dolphins swimming along us was an added and unexpected bonus! If you are planning to see this part of the world make sure you include a day of sailing with Rick and Robin on the phantom – it will likely be the best day of your vacation.
Robin and Rick are the best! We had a lovely day trip with delicious food (Robin really is a great cook) and a wonderful sailing experience with Rick as Captain (we even learned how to do some sailing knots). If you are up for a relaxed day on the sea with great people, this is the couple to go to! Thanks again for this wonderful experience!
Johannes M
The sailing was superb, other guests were lovely company, the stop at cable bay was brilliant and Robin’s home made food delicious. Many thanks too Rick & Robin for changing our booking at the last minute to accommodate the weather forecast.
Katie Derby
I have spend a day on the Phantom for several times and I was never disappointed. I’m living in New Zealand and go there with all my visitors from different countries. Rick is an experienced skipper and Robin a perfect host serving an excellent homemade lunch.
Rick & Robin were a joy to spend the day with. They have a ton of experience and we felt like we were in great hands sailing around the Bay of Islands. The experience is super intimate, and it was great getting to know other people from all parts of the world on our sailing adventure. This is a must-do and I highly recommend this over the big charter boats.

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